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AP Top International News at 1:36 p.m. EST

Syria says any foreign troops would return 'in coffins'
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's foreign minister warned Saturday that Saudi or other foreign troops entering his country would "return home in wooden coffins" and asserted that recent military advances put his government "on track" to end the five-year-old civil war....

Over 100 missing, 14 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan
TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) -- Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse and killing at least 14 people and injuring hundreds....

Seoul: N. Korea moves up rocket launch window to Feb. 7-14
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday. The launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite into orbit, would be in defiance of repeated warnings by outside governments that suspect it is a banned test of ballistic missile technology....

Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb....

Somali official: Bomb blew hole in passenger jet
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- It was a bomb that blew a hole in a jetliner, killing one person and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing on Tuesday in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a Somali official said Saturday....

Italy demands answers as student's body flown in from Cairo
ROME (AP) -- Italy demanded Saturday that Egyptian authorities swiftly determine who was responsible for the torture and slaying of an Italian doctoral student researching Egyptian labor movements and other social issues in Cairo....

Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) -- Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent....

The Latest: Calais police fire tear gas at far-right rally
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Latest on the flow of refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):...

Austrian police: 5 skiers killed in 'massive' avalanche
BERLIN (AP) -- Five people were killed Saturday when a "massive" avalanche in the Austrian Alps struck skiers from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp, police said....

Afghanistan meeting ends with call for talks with Taliban
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Four-nation talks aimed at ending Afghanistan's 15-year war concluded Saturday with a call for direct negotiations between the government and the Taliban by the end of February, but recent battlefield advances by the insurgents could make it hard to coax them to the table....

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Seoul: N. Korea moves up rocket launch window to Feb. 7-14

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Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam

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AP NewsBreak: Deal reached on provisional Haiti government

Middle East
Italy demands answers as student's body flown in from Cairo





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